Should I mechanise the welding process?

We get often get asked “should I mechanise my welding production”?

Mechanised welding – Welding in which the welding parameters are controlled mechanically or electronically and may be manually varied during welding to maintain the required welding position.

And sometimes you shouldn’t, but by automating your production process you could improve your welders ergonomics, increase your productivity and quality and also earn more money by greatly reducing your costs.

This decision to automate may be met with some hesitation. The truth, however, is that mechanisation still requires the irreplaceable welding expertise of skilled workers.

Manufacturers of mechanised and automated welding equipment include ESAB, Gullco, Bugo, Air Liquide and Lincoln.

Key Applications/Industries
SHIP AND OFFSHORE YARDS
SHIP / BARGE BUILDING
STRUCTURAL STEEL FABRICATION
BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION RAIL REPAIR
INDUSTRIAL AND GENERAL FABRICATION

Gullco Kat tractor

Using mechanised solutions you can eliminate problems and improve ergonomics. We supply a choice of new or used mechanised welding system including the ESAB Miggytrac and Gullco KAT tractors and carriages.

PRODUCTIVITY
Many mechanised solutions are easy to install and operate and have almost no learning curve. You can simply increase your productivity with more arc time and less down time, higher deposition rates and less rework by optimising your processes. One welder or operator can often operate multiple machines so social distancing is achieved.

ERGONOMICS
Safety of your workforce is the number one priority these days. Reduce your welders’ exposure to heat, UV radiation, gas fumes and static workload. A good welder needs to be constantly focused on the weld pool and is often in a very static work position this can put a lot of strain on the welder specially when welding longer seams.

QUALITY
Once set up correctly mechanised solutions will ensure uniform and reproducible welds time and time again. It will reduce your rework and failure rates by the numbers of start and stops and repositioning compared to manual welding and is less operator dependent.

REDUCE COSTS
Can easily double your production rate by increasing the arc time and reducing labour, gas and filler metal costs compared to manual welding.
A consistent, repeatable mechanised process reduces overfill, gas usage, arc time and gives you a higher output per hour.

Adding the appropriate application for your project is something we can do. Whatever you needs sub-arc, MIG or TIG or even plasma cutting can be fitted to the majority of carriages and tractors.

If you want to step into the world of mechanised welding equipment, our pre-used systems offer you an affordable solution and will introduce your employees to many manufacturing benefits. Check out here all the new and used mechanised Welding Tractors and seam trackers we have for sale

Author: Claire Spillane – Director of Westermans International, Buyers and Sellers of Used welding and cutting equipment – Mum and Nana

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